Coronary Heart Disease in HIV-Infected Patients: Epidemiology

  • M. Mary-Krause
  • D. Costagliola


Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death among the general population of industrialized countries. It is also the main reason for hospitalization. But what about HIV-infected subjects? With the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV infection, including protease inhibitors (PIs), in April 1996 in France, the morbidity of AIDS-defining illnesses has been reduced and HIV-infected patients are living longer [1, 2]. Thus, the spectrum of diseases related to HIV is shifting from opportunistic diseases towards long-term complications such as cancers, coinfection with other viruses such as hepatitis C virus, and the metabolic effects of cART. Some of these disorders are potential risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and so could lead to cardiovascular over-mortality and over-morbidity. Cardiovascular diseases currently account for 7% of deaths among HIV-infected subjects in France, for 14% of non-HIV-related deaths [3], and about 16% of deaths among subjects with a good immunovirologic response to cART [4].


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Coronary Heart Disease Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factor Human Immunodeficiency Virus Protease Inhibitor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mary-Krause
    • 1
  • D. Costagliola
    • 1
  1. 1.INSERM U720, Epidémiologie Clinique et Traitement de l’Infection à VIHUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance

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